THE HOTTER YOU BURN
The Original Heartbreakers
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…
Beck Ockley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.
Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.
For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own.
THE HOTTER YOU BURN
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FROM CHAPTER 25
“What’s wrong?” Brook Lynn asked when she entered.
At last Beck focused on her, watching her intently, waiting for her answer.
She merely offered a half smile. Won’t lie, but won’t admit the truth, either. “Did you get all the paints and brushes from the RV?”
“I sure did. Well, Jase did,” Brook Lynn said. “We have a system. I want, he procures.”
Jase, who sat on the couch in the living room, flipping channels on the TV, nodded. “Through any means necessary.”
Brook Lynn beamed. “I’m awarding you ten points for giving the perfect response.”
“I think I deserve twenty,” he said. “Then I’ll have to deduct five for silly thinking.”
“What does he do with these points?” Harlow asked in a whisper.
The feisty blonde waggled her brows, and something deep inside Harlow contracted. Sex. Of course. But that kind of game was okay for them to play, because Jase loved Brook Lynn with all his heart, and he wouldn’t allow the romance to die just because they were intimate.
“Come on. I’ll show you where I want the mural.” Brook Lynn led her into the hallway, where the borders had already been taped and the floor covered in plastic. “Now you can tell me what’s wrong,” she said, moving in front of Harlow.
“Well, for starters, I’m a mess,” she admitted softly. “I told Beck I wanted to stop having sex while we got to know each other better, but everything I learn makes me like and admire him more, and I love him so much but don’t want to tell him and scare him away, and I don’t want to lose him, but what if I sleep with him like I really want to do, I mean really, really want to do, but I lose him anyway because we stop snuggling and talking, and all we can think about is sex, and what if—”
Brook Lynn slapped her hand over Harlow’s mouth. “Oh, wow. I would introduce you to Run On Sentence, but I see you’ve already met.”
Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose works have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.
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